Rochelle Hudson

Rochelle Elizabeth Hudson (born Rachael Hudson,[1] March 6, 1916 – January 17, 1972) was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s.[2] Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931.

Rochelle Hudson
Rochelle Hudson promoting Show Them No Mercy (1935)
Rachael Hudson

(1916-03-06)March 6, 1916
DiedJanuary 17, 1972(1972-01-17) (aged 55)
Years active1930–1967
Spouse(s)Charles Brust
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Harold Thompson
(m. 1939; div. 1947)

Dick Irving Hyland
(m. 1948; div. 1950)

Robert L. Mindell
(m. 1963; div. 1971)

Early years

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Hudson. While in Oklahoma, she studied dancing, drama, piano, and voice. She completed her high school education at a high school on the Fox studios lot.[1]


The Oklahoma City-born actress began her career as a teenager. She signed a contract with RKO Pictures on November 22, 1930, when she was 17 years old.[3]

She may be best remembered today for costarring in Wild Boys of the Road (1933), playing Cosette in Les Misérables (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple's character in Curly Top, and for playing Natalie Wood's mother in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). During her peak years in the 1930s, notable roles for Hudson included Richard Cromwell's love interest in the Will Rogers showcase Life Begins at 40 (1935), the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in Poppy (1936), and Claudette Colbert's adult daughter in Imitation of Life (1934).

She played Sally Glynn, the fallen ingenue to whom Mae West imparts the immortal wisdom "When a girl goes wrong, men go right after her!" in the 1933 Paramount film, She Done Him Wrong. In the 1954–1955 television season, Hudson co-starred with Gil Stratton and Eddie Mayehoff in the sitcom That's My Boy,[4] based on a 1951 Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin film of the same name.[5]

Personal life

Hudson was married four times. Her first husband was Charles Brust. Little is known of the marriage other than it ended in divorce. She remarried in 1939 to Harold Thompson, who was the head of the Storyline Department at Disney Studios. She assisted Thompson, who was doing espionage work in Mexico as a civilian during World War II. They posed as a vacationing couple to various parts of Mexico to help detect any German activity in these areas. One of their more successful vacations uncovered a supply of high test aviation fuel hidden by German agents in Baja California.[6]

After their divorce in 1947, (but the trade publication Billboard reported that they divorced on September 4, 1945)[7] she married a third time the following year to Los Angeles Times sportswriter Dick Irving Hyland. The marriage lasted two years before the couple divorced. Her final marriage was to Robert Mindell, a hotel executive. The two remained together for eight years before they divorced in 1971.

She actually was born in 1916, but the studio reportedly made her two years older for her to play a wider variety of roles, including romantic roles. In That's My Boy, she was cast as the mother of Gil Stratton, who was only six years her junior.


In 1972, Hudson was found dead in her home at the Palm Desert Country Club. A business associate with whom she had been working in real estate discovered her body sprawled on the bathroom floor.[8] Hudson died of a heart attack brought on by a liver ailment.[9]



  1. Houston, Noel (October 9, 1934). "Film Stardom Beckons to Rochelle Hudson, Oklahoma City Girl, Who Was 'On Her Toes' When Contract Arrived". The Oklahoma News. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. p. 3. Retrieved October 30, 2019 via
  2. "Hudson, Rochelle (1916–1972)." Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 07, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  3. "Films Give Career To Oklahoma Girl". The Akron Beacon Journal. Ohio, Akron. November 22, 1930. p. 10. Retrieved July 24, 2018 via
  4. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1067. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  5. "That's My Boy". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  6. IMDb profile
  7. "Divorces". Billboard. September 15, 1945. p. 70. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  8. "Former Screen Star Rochelle Hudson Dies". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, Arizona. Associated Press. January 19, 1972. p. 5 via Walter Price, a real estate business associate, found the body Monday alter being summoned by Miss Hudson's widowed mother, Mae Hudson, who got no response from her daughter by telephone or at the door. A friend, Evelyn Young, said Miss Hudson recently had been ill with a cold and laryngitis.
  9. Beaver County Times: "Death is investigated". January 19, 1972.


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